UCL in the media
The dementia risk from heading footballs is real, but is hard to address in professional games, and warnings to the public could be overkill, say Professor John Hardy (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology) and Honorary Professor David Curtis (UCL Biosciences).
Record-breaking winter winds have blown large swathes of old Arctic sea ice into warmer waters, putting them at high risk of melting this summer, according to a new study led by PhD student, Robbie Mallett (UCL Earth Sciences).
Lithium-ion batteries are “incredibly safe” and are used every day, but safety could always be improved for electric vehicles, says Professor Paul Shearing (UCL Chemical Engineering).
A fall in Covid-19 infection rates could be driven by a reluctance to self-isolate leading to an avoidance of taking a test, even when people are experiencing symptoms, says Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Health).
Incentives intended to boost Covid-19 vaccine uptake among younger people may have an impact, but what is really needed is a public information campaign explaining the benefits of the vaccine and how they outweigh any risks, says Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Health).
Therapy aimed at changing the sexuality of LGBT+ people is not only ineffective, but can also be damaging for patients’ mental health, as the desire to be a “good patient” can lead to a sense of despair when no progress is made, says Dr Michael King (UCL Psychiatry).
Children who live in the most deprived UK areas see far higher increases in body fat between the ages of seven and 17 compared to those from most advantaged areas, finds a new study led by Charis Bridger Staatz (UCL Institute of Education).
There is evidence to suggest that people are avoiding being tested for Covid to avoid having to cancel events such as holidays, meaning that the current data on infections is not “desperately reliable,” says Professor Hugh Montgomery (UCL Medicine).
People arriving in the UK from the EU and the US will not have to quarantine if they have had two Covid vaccinations but “the variants we are most worried about are the ones that infect vaccinated people,” says Professor Christina Pagel (UCL Mathematics).
There was net out-migration from London in all age groups, including younger people, in 2017, meaning that the “search is on for good urban alternatives to the big city,” says Professor Yolande Barnes (UCL Bartlett Real Estate Institute).